The British Beer & Pub Association has voiced concerns over the possibility that glass could be included in a future Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), suggesting that it would be “too complex and expensive” for pubs and brewers.

The comments were made in response to those made by Michael Gove, secretary of state for the environment, yesterday (16 July), calling for an ‘all-in’ scheme.

Speaking at an event at Kew Gardens, Gove outlined proposals for what he described as a “world leading” Environment Act.

The BBPA said it welcomed his comments that there needed to be more discussions with businesses, adding that a UK-aligned DRS scheme would be preferred in order to avoid two different DRS systems running in parallel between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We have major concerns over the inclusion of glass in a DRS scheme, which would substantially increase costs that may have to be passed on to consumers. It would also make the system infinitely more complex.

“We remain committed to working with the Government on a Deposit Return Scheme that works for the brewing and pub sectors across the UK. To achieve this, it is essential we are involved in plans to implement the system and more discussions between DEFRA and our sector are needed.”